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10 STL Brews to Drink Right Now
By Eric Hildebrandt | Photo by Emily Suzanne McDonald
Posted On: 09/04/2015   

2nd Shift Katy
Aged in oak barrels, this Brett beer has light funkiness and dry, wine-like notes with a spritzy effervescence. Very refreshing, Katy appeals to all palates.

Draft: iTap, internationaltaphouse.com
Bottled: Fields Foods, fieldsfood.com

4 Hands Resurrected
Hopheads rejoiced when this bold IPA recently went from a seasonal to year-round offering. Pop the top on a can, and the aroma of pineapple and passion fruit will pull you in. Bitter yet balanced, this is one of the best IPAs out there.

Draft: 4 Hands, 4handsbrewery.com
Canned: The Wine and Cheese Place, thewineandcheeseplace.com

Civil Life The Angel and The Sword
This malt-driven take on an ESB pulls from the best qualities of rich English pales with bread and toffee notes. A hint of hops provides balance.

Draft: Amsterdam Tavern, amsterdamtavern.com

Excel Plague Bringer
This in-your-face Imperial IPA is one of Excelís newest offerings. Firing on all cylinders, Plague Bringer brings big pineapple resin-y goodness. Thereís a huge hop presence, but notes of caramel and honey keep a bitter bite at bay. Itís currently only available on tap, but bottles are coming soon.

Draft: Flying Saucer Draught Emporium, beerknurd.com

Heavy Riff Velvet Underbrown
Itís easy to see why this brown ale is the Dogtown breweryís flagship beer. Lactose and oats create a rich, velvety creaminess, and subtle notes of chocolate and blackstrap molasses make this a standout.

Draft: Heavy Riff, heavyriffbrewing.com

Old Bakery Beer Porter
Cocoa, roasted coffee and cream dominate the nose of Old Bakeryís take on a classic English style. The first sip brings a nutty touch of dark caramel. A subtle hop character rounds out this Alton gem.

Draft: Old Bakery Beer, oldbakerybeer.com

Perennial Peach Berliner Weisse
Perennialís version of a German Berliner Weisse is as refreshing as they come. The addition of Missouri peaches feels like a walk through an orchard. Light and even fluffy, this beer is gently tart without overwhelming the senses. A crisp, dry finish makes it a hit among beer and wine drinkers alike.

Draft: Perennial, perennialbeer.com
Bottled: Craft Beer Cellar, craftbeercellar.com

Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
As pumpkin beers have grown in popularity, Schlaflyís has remained a benchmark. Brewed with real pumpkin, squash and a blend of baking spices, this beer is pumpkin pie in a glass. Schlafly has increased supply of the popular seasonal, so you can find it at most grocery stores and bars around the metro.

Draft: Schlafly, schlafly.com
Bottled: Most bottle shops and grocery stores

Side Project Foedre Beer
Named after the large wooden vessel itís aged in, this sour blonde ale is the base to some of Side Projectís hits like Fuzzy and Fencerow. Replicating traditional lambics in Belgium, the beer is served flat using a device that adds a touch of carbonation as itís pulled. Missouri yeast makes this brew tart and funky. Peach and lemon dominate the palate, while notes of yogurt and lactic oak are not far behind.

Draft: The Side Project Cellar, sideprojectbrewing.com

Urban Chestnut Schnickelfritz
No one does German beers truer to style than Urban Chestnut. This Bavarian Weissbier is a beautiful pour with a big, eggshell-colored head and unfiltered golden body. Bold banana, bubble gum and clove notes come alive as you sip with a hint of vanilla in the finish. Many American breweries attempt this style, but few do it this well.

Draft: Urban Chestnut, urbanchestnut.com
Bottled: Most bottle shops and grocery stores

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